Hydra (Six Stories, Book 2)

December 8, 2020
Hydra (Six Stories, Book 2)

Elusive online investigative journalist Scott Kinginvestigates the case of Arla Macleod, who bludgeoned her family todeath, in another episode of the chilling, award-winning SixStories series.‘Bold, clever and genuinely chilling with a terrific twist thatprovides an explosive final punch' Deidre O'Brien,Sunday Mirror‘A genuine genre-bending debut' Carla McKay, DailyMail'Impeccably crafted and gripping from start to finish'Doug Johnstone, The Big IssueA family massacreA deluded murderessFive witnessesSix storiesWhich one is true?One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother,father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovokedattack known as the Macleod Massacre.Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution,Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigativejournalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become aninternet sensation.King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case,interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questionswhether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished asher legal team made out.As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a worldof deadly forbidden ‘games', online trolls, and the mysteriousblack-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond thedelusions of a murderess…Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both aclassic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller,that shines light in places you may never, ever want to seeagain.Praise for the Six Stories seriesMatt Wesolowski brilliantly depicts a desperate and disturbedcorner of north-east England in which paranoia reigns and goodnessis thwarted … an exceptional storyteller' Andrew MichaelHurley‘Beautifully written, smart, compassionate – and scary as hell.Matt Wesolowski is one of the most exciting and original voices incrime fiction' Alex North‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles' JamesOswald‘Original, inventive and dazzlingly clever' FionaCummins‘A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami toreveal the black heart inside' Michael MarshallSmith‘Endlessly inventive and with literary thrills a-plenty, MattWesolowski is boldly carving his own uniquely dark niche infiction' Benjamin Myers‘Disturbing, compelling and atmospheric, it will terrify andenthral you in equal measure' M W Craven‘Readers of Kathleen Barber's Are You Sleeping and fansof Ruth Ware will enjoy this slim but compelling novel'Booklist‘A relentless and original work of modern rural noir whichbeguiles and unnerves in equal measure. Matt Wesolowski is a majortalent' Eva Dolan‘The very epitome of a must-read'Heat‘Haunting, horrifying, and heartrending. Fans of Arthur Machen,whose unsettling tale The White People provides an epigraph, willwant to check this one out' PublishersWeekly‘For those who like the book they curl up with in theirfavourite slipper socks to generate a powerful sense of unease, andimpel them to check all doors are locked and as many lights t